Three LCMS missionaries in PNG face deportation threats

The Papua New Guinea Minister of Foreign Affairs continues attempts to deport the Rev. Jeffrey Horn, Julie Lutz and Anton Lutz.

Synod offers year-end giving advice, resources

Mark Hofman, executive director of LCMS Mission Advancement, warns that there are risks to not planning ahead as Dec. 31 approaches.

‘Ambassadors’ sets first ‘Lifestyles of Reconciliation’ event

Sponsored by Ambassadors of Reconciliation, the April 16-18 conference is open to those who want to learn more about biblical reconciliation.

Will Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ disappoint Christians? Maybe …

The problem? The Christianity that is central to Olympian and prisoner-of-war Louis Zamperini’s life is almost entirely absent from the film.

Lutheran Malaria Initiative: Finishing Strong

The LCMS, in partnership with Lutheran World Relief and with the support of the United Nations Foundation, began engaging districts, congregations and schools in the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) in fall 2011. Together as a Synod since then, we raised more than $7 million in the global fight against malaria through LMI.

Stewardship Bulletin Sentences and Newsletter Articles – January 2015

Each month, LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry creates bulletin sentences and newsletter articles that can be included in congregational church bulletins and monthly newsletters, respectively.

Missouri District plans short-, long-term work in Ferguson

A $25,000 grant from the Synod’s Office of National Mission will be used by leaders of five LCMS congregations to bring hope and healing to the community.

A Pastoral Touch Newsletter – December 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Specialized Pastoral Ministry (SPM), encouraging words from the SPM interim director are shared, along with information on the 2014 SPM Educational event Oct. 28-30. In addition, the dates of other upcoming SPM events and general information about this ministry are provided in the pages of this newsletter.

Guatemalan church president writes of shootings

The letter was received by LCMS leaders on Nov. 22 from the Rev. Cornelio Midence, president of the Lutheran Church in Guatemala, an LCMS partner church body.

Movie review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1’

Fans of the “Hunger Games” franchise likely will enjoy the film, and it will certainly tide them over until Part 2 debuts in November 2015.

1 in 3 Americans want divorce between clergy, civil marriages

Such a church-state split — endorsed by some Catholic and evangelical leaders — is showing popularity in two new surveys.

Commentary: This Advent, will faith stay safe or stand tall?

The world around us has brought American Christianity to a crossroads. Will we decorate our churches for Advent and Christmas or make a difference in the world?

Advent Isn’t a Baby Shower

Advent isn’t a baby shower. We aren’t getting ready for a baby to be born in Bethlehem. That train has already left the station.

LMI partnerships ease Ebola response in West Africa

Partnerships that began with the Lutheran Malaria Initiative in January are now making the response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis easier.

Latest Ebola aid: travel scholarships for medical professionals

The Africa travel funds of up to $2,500 each — for airfare, lodging and food — are available to the first 20 applicants.

St. Louis seminary receives science grant

The $93,600 grant is to help Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, “prepare pastors and other church leaders for well-informed thinking and conversations about science.”